Government invests in foster carers’ support scheme

16/10/2019, PR-9199

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​Wakefield Council has been awarded a £205,000 Government grant to introduce a new foster carers' support scheme to the district.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

​The Council is one of just eight local authorities to have been chosen by the Department of Education to receive funds to help it to implement the Mockingbird Model.


The scheme brings together six to eight foster families to work with an experienced foster carer who acts as a mentor.


Pioneered in Seattle, the approach gives foster carers an additional and tighter support network to turn to during difficult times, increases their resilience and helps children to remain in high quality placements.

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: ""I am very pleased that we have secured this funding. It shows that the Department of Education has confidence in our Fostering service to develop new ways and opportunities of supporting our dedicated foster carers."


 "Our foster carers do a fantastic job in providing vulnerable children and young people in our district with loving and caring homes.


"It is a very rewarding role, but it can come with demands and challenges, so we are always looking a new ways to support our carers and to strengthen the bonds between them."


"By building these communities of support, foster carers will be able rely on one another even more through tough times. It means vulnerable children will get the safe, supportive home life they deserve."


So far 1,500 children and adults in the UK are currently involved in this approach, which is led by the Fostering Network.


To find out more about fostering with Wakefield Council visit: or call 0800 197 0320.